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Ford Focus Electric A Compliance Car? Ford Swears It's Not

Ford Focus Electric A Compliance Car? Ford Swears It's Not

There are two kinds of electric cars on sale in the U.S. these days. The first kind--the ones you should pay attention to--are the volume electric cars. Their makers want to sell as many as they can. The second kind are the "compliance cars," built solely to meet California regulations that require... read more

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2012 Fiat 500 Electric/Elettra

Chrysler Admits: Electric Fiat 500 Is Compliance Car We Don't Want To Make

Three weeks ago, we listed five upcoming electric cars that we felt were strictly "compliance cars"--or vehicles carmakers offer not because they want to, but because they... read more May 30, 2012 by  32


 
Chevrolet Spark EV Development Testing in Southern California, March 2012

Electric Cars: Some Are Real, Most Are Only 'Compliance Cars'--We Name Names

Since last year, you've likely heard a lot about electric cars. You'll hear much more in the years to come. But whether you're a fan or a foe, understand this: A few of the... read more May 3, 2012 by  91


 
Honda Diesel/Electric Hybrid Transport Truck

California-Only Diesel Fuel To Cost More, Damage Economy?

How do you solve a problem like diesel? On the one hand, diesel cars are highly fuel-efficient on longer runs, and produce good power and torque figures in their modern-day... read more May 1, 2012 by  4


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In To Join Chevy Volt In CA HOV Lanes

California's high-occupancy vehicle lanes, which emptied out last July as 85,000 hybrids lost their access, are about to start admitting more cars. This week, Chevy dealers... read more February 28, 2012 by  3


 
2012 Chevrolet Volt

HOV-Lane Eligible Chevy Volts On Sale In California Next Week

Earlier today,General Motors confirmed that it has restarted production of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt at its Detroit Hamtramck facility. In addition, the automaker has confirmed... read more February 24, 2012 by  2


 
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California, CARB, Votes On 15% Clean Car Mandate By 2025

California has long been at the forefront of developing rules to reduce automotive pollution levels, but a vote held yesterday could prove to be a landmark for green cars... read more January 27, 2012 by  11


 
Arizona

Arizona Dumps Stricter CA Emissions Standards Over Electric-Car Rules

California has always led the nation in mandating reduction of tailpipe emissions and development of low- and zero-emission vehicles. For several years now, states have had... read more January 12, 2012 by  10


 
Smog in New York City

A Brief History Of Smog, Which Led To Electric Cars: Recommended Reading

Daniel Yergin is one of those authors who writes major works. His Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize is nothing less than the definitive history of the rise of the petroleum... read more December 19, 2011 by  2


 
Light-duty vehicle type scenario, now-2050 (California Air Resources Board)

CA To Require Zero-Emission Vehicles On Top Of Gas-Mileage Rules

The NHTSA and EPA are closing in on their final rules for 2017-2025 corporate average fuel economy regulations, but there's a wild card in the pack. California, which has the... read more December 8, 2011 by  10


 
Seal of California

Which State Has The Greenest Cars? California, Of Course

It’s no secret that the state of California is home to some of the most congested roads in the country -- but it is also home to some of the greenest drivers according... read more October 4, 2011 by  0


 
Used car salesman

Auto Dealers Lobby Against Obama's Higher Gas-Mileage Rules

Yesterday, auto dealers met with their members of Congress to try to delay new rules that would stiffen the gas-mileage requirements for cars sold in model years 2017 to... read more September 22, 2011 by  5


 
First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee

Breathe Easy, Californians: Electric-Car Rebates Survive, Cut To $2,500

It came down to the wire, but in the end, California's program of purchase rebates for buyers of qualifying plug-in electric cars has survived the state's grim budget crisis... read more July 25, 2011 by  0


 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama

White House, Feds To Push For 56.2-MPG Fuel Economy In 2025

The two Federal agencies that set gas mileage and emissions standards for future cars may propose rules that require corporate average fuel economy to reach 56 miles per... read more June 28, 2011 by  3


 
First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee

Warning: Californian Electric Car Rebates Running Out of Charge

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) - the state department charged with reducing air pollution and improving the quality of air that Californians breathe - has... read more June 8, 2011 by  6


 
Sample used-car window sticker showing gas mileage, for a 2000 Honda Insight

Feds To Mandate Up To 62 MPG By 2025; What Does It Mean For You?

Two days ago, the NHTSA said that it would require annual gas-mileage improvements of somewhere between 2 and 7 percent each year between 2017 and 2025. Corporate average... read more May 12, 2011 by  28


 
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